Transparent milk tea? Oh yeah, it’s a thing. And it comes from Japan, of course. Suntory, a Japanese brewing and distilling company mostly known for its whisky, has recently launched a series of transparent beverages — which might not be the most shocking thing in the world, except that these drinks are teas which, y’know, usually come in some kind of color.
Following the debut of Suntory’s Premium Morning lemon tea-flavored drink, the brand released its milk tea — another colorless concoction. Mind-boggling, no?
Well, according to Suntory, milk generally consists of milk fat, milk protein, lactose, and milk minerals — and the last two are transparent. So by using those two elements, the company was able to infuse the milk flavor into the drink while maintaining its clear appearance.
Strangely enough, as claimed by people who’ve tried it, the drink actually tastes like milk tea, although it’s missing the creamy texture. But beware, the beverage is still unsuitable for the lactose-intolerant.
Alternatively, it seems like some sharp-eyed netizens have discovered the milk tea ($2.60) on display at several FairPrice Finest outlets, including the ones at Marine Parade, Bishan, and Changi Airport Terminal 3.
Now go forth and sip.